LIBRe Foundation took part in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's public consultation on "Universality Indicators of the Internet". The consultation is based on the UNESCO concept of the universality of the Internet.
The Internet Universality Concept focuses on the characteristics of the Internet that UNESCO considers to be very important for unlocking its potential for sustainable development. According to the concept, Internet is more than infrastructure and applications. Internet is a network of economic and social ties with enormous potential in terms of creating conditions for respect for rights, increasing the number of rights, as well as rights and societies’ potential in promoting sustainable development. This Internet concept provides the opportunity to unite the various aspects of internet development related to technology and government policy. It enables behavioral norms and values to underpin this tendency to form a public and ubiquitous Internet that will enable the aspirations of humanity and its overall participation in the development and management of Internet. According to UNESCO, the universality of Internet is a means of creating the knowledge society.
The concept of universality of Internet includes four ROAM principles of greatest importance for the development of Internet (this is the framework of the indicators: Rights, Openness, Accessibility, Multistakeholder participation):
R - Internet is based on human rights;
O - Internet is open;
A - Internet should be accessible to everyone;
M - Internet is developed thanks to the involvement of many stakeholders.